HUNTSVILLE A Lake of Bays man was in court today charged after a report of shots being fired by a motorcyclist chasing another vehicle early Sunday.

Provincial police report they arrested and charged Shawn Harwood, 28, of Lake of Bays Township later in the day.

They say that on Oct. 16, at 12:24 a.m., a 911 weapons call came in of shots being fired while a vehicle was being chased by a motorcycle eastbound on Britannia Road.

Police say the vehicle being chased was eventually forced off the road and the motorcycle fled westbound on Britannia Road.

After an investigation later Sunday, Harwood was located and arrested.

Harwood was also found to be none complaint with two previous release orders and charged with the following offences contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada (CC):

  • Possession of weapon for dangerous purpose
  • Mischief to property under $5,000
  • Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
  • Failure to stop after accident
  • Two counts of failure to comply with release order

Harwood was held for a bail hearing scheduled later on Oct. 16, 2021.

He was held in custody until the next scheduled court date on Oct. 19 in the Ontario Court of Justice Huntsville.

There were no injuries to any of the involved parties and no danger exist to the general public, say police, who add the investigation is continuing.

The OPP is asking anyone with information about this incident to contact the Huntsville OPP Detachment at 705-789-5551 or the OPP Provincial Communication Centre at 1-888-310-1122.

You can also provide information anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers of Simcoe Dufferin Muskoka at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at When you contact Crime Stoppers you stay anonymous, you never have to testify, and you could receive a cash reward of up to $2,000 upon arrest.

Shawn Harwood, 28, of Lake of Bays, faces six charges including possession of a weapon for dangerous purpose, after Sunday night’s gun call.